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Pleasure and Danger: Exploring Female Sexuality

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From 30 contributors--including Kate Millett, Barbara Kruger, and Sharon Olds--a richly diverse collection of essays and poetry exploring female sexuality.
Paperback, 512 pages
Published January 1st 1993 by Pandora Press (first published January 1st 1984)
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Susan
Aug 12, 2007 rated it really liked it
I was asked to contribute 500 words to a special journal issue marking the 25th Anniversary of the Barnard Conference on Women, so I thought I should review the anthology that collected the work presented there. I really do think that this is where white feminism broke open in a way that cleared a path, a decade later, for transgender feminist theory. Great to see so many old friends in these pages . . .
Maxine
Jun 05, 2017 rated it really liked it
I don't agree politically with some of these essays, but you can't deny this is a compelling document from the 80s feminist sex wars. More to the point, it avoids the usual psychobabble and gets down to the brass tacks of what sexuality is--more than an act or an identity, sex is both and neither at the same time. Come for the talk about adolescent sexual freedom and new erotic vocabularies, stay for the cheeky poetry connecting capitalism to unimpressive male sexual performance.
Robert
Dec 17, 2014 rated it liked it
I thought this collection was a mixed bag. I liked Carole Vance's pieces, particularly her introduction; but the quality is inconsistent. I found interesting the brief history of how some "anti-pornography" feminists worked to misrepresent and slander the feminists who put together a conference on female sexuality on which this collection is based. This is found at the very end in the epilogue.

There are some great insights in here, but there's an equal helping of filler.
Bethnoir
Jul 29, 2014 rated it really liked it
re-read after many years, still haas some very relevant and interesting things to say about female sexuality.
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